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I wish to speak to you about temporal matters.


As a backdrop for what I wish to say, I read to you a few verses from the 41st chapter of Genesis.


Pharaoh, the ruler of Egypt, dreamed dreams which greatly troubled him. The wise men of his court could not give an interpretation. Joseph was then brought before him: “Pharaoh said unto Joseph, In my dream, behold, I stood upon the bank of the river:


“And, behold, there came up out of the river seven kine, fatfleshed and well favoured; and they fed in a meadow:


“And, behold, seven other kine came up after them, poor and very ill favoured and leanfleshed. …“And the lean and the ill favoured kine did eat up the first seven fat kine:


…“And I saw in my dream … seven ears came up in one stalk, full and good:


“And, behold, seven ears, withered, thin, and blasted with the east wind, sprung up after them:


“And the thin ears devoured the seven good ears: …


“And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, … God hath shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do.


“The seven good kine are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years: the dream is one. …


“… What God is about to do he sheweth unto Pharaoh.


“Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt:


"And there shall arise after them seven years of famine;


“… And God will shortly bring it to pass” (Gen. 41:17–20, 22–26, 28–30, 32).


Now, brethren, I want to make it very clear that I am not prophesying, that I am not predicting years of famine in the future. But I am suggesting that the time has come to get our houses in order.

Author: President Gordon B. Hinckley, Source: http://tinyurl.com/4pyzraSaved by mlsscaress in freedom wisdom economy debt famine order finances temporal savings feast 10 years ago[save this] [permalink]

So many of our people are living on the very edge of their incomes. In fact, some are living on borrowings.


We have witnessed in recent weeks wide and fearsome swings in the markets of the world. The economy is a fragile thing. A stumble in the economy in Jakarta or Moscow can immediately affect the entire world. It can eventually reach down to each of us as individuals. There is a portent of stormy weather ahead to which we had better give heed.


I hope with all my heart that we shall never slip into a depression. I am a child of the Great Depression of the thirties. I finished the university in 1932, when unemployment in this area exceeded 33 percent.


My father was then president of the largest stake in the Church in this valley. It was before our present welfare program was established. He walked the floor worrying about his people. He and his associates established a great wood-chopping project designed to keep the home furnaces and stoves going and the people warm in the winter. They had no money with which to buy coal. Men who had been affluent were among those who chopped wood.


I repeat, I hope we will never again see such a depression. But I am troubled by the huge consumer installment debt which hangs over the people of the nation, including our own people. In March 1997 that debt totaled $1.2 trillion, which represented a 7 percent increase over the previous year.


In December of 1997, 55 to 60 million households in the United States carried credit card balances. These balances averaged more than $7,000 and cost $1,000 per year in interest and fees. Consumer debt as a percentage of disposable income rose from 16.3 percent in 1993 to 19.3 percent in 1996.


Everyone knows that every dollar borrowed carries with it the penalty of paying interest. When money cannot be repaid, then bankruptcy follows. There were 1,350,118 bankruptcies in the United States last year. This represented a 50 percent increase from 1992. In the second quarter of this year, nearly 362,000 persons filed for bankruptcy, a record number for a three-month period.

Author: President Gordon B. Hinckley, Source: http://tinyurl.com/4pyzraSaved by mlsscaress in depression economy debt famine order finances savings wise feast 10 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Will this land be a land of milk and honey? Yes. Missouri is cracked up to be the greatest honey country that there is on the earth; but it will not be many years before they cannot raise a spoonful in that land, nor in Illinois, nor in any other land where they fight against God. Mildew shall come upon their honey, their bees, and their crops; and famine and desolation shall come upon the nation like a whirlwind.
Author: Heber C. Kimball, Source: Journal of Discourses, Vol.5, p.94, July 26, 1857Saved by cboyack in famine bee agriculture milk honey honey missouri 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
There is one principle I would like to have the Latter-day Saints perfectly understand--that is, of blessings and cursings. For instance, we read that war, pestilence, plagues, famine, etc., will be visited upon the inhabitants of the earth; but if distress through the judgments of God comes upon this people, it will be because the majority have turned away from the Lord. Let the majority of the people turn away from the Holy Commandments which the Lord has delivered to us, and cease to hold the balance of power in the Church, and we may expect the judgments of God to come upon us; but while six-tenths or three-fourths of this people will keep the commandments of God, the curse and judgments of the Almighty will never come upon them, though we will have trials of various kinds, and the elements to contend with--natural and spiritual elements. While this people will strive to serve God according to the best of their abilities, they will fare better, have more to eat and to wear, have better houses to live in, better associations, and enjoy themselves better than the wicked ever do or ever will do.
Author: Brigham Young, Source: Journal of Discourses, 10:335-36Saved by cboyack in war judgment famine deliverance blessing curse cursing plague pestilence 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
For years we have been counseled to have on hand a year's supply of food. Yet there are some today who would not start storing until the Church comes out with a detailed monthly home storage program. Now suppose that never happens? We still cannot say we have not been told.

Should the Lord decide at this time to cleanse the Church...a famine in this land of one year's duration could wipe out a large percentage of slothful members, including some ward and stake officers. Yet we cannot say we have not been warned.
Author: Ezra Taft Benson, Source: Welfare Meeting, October Conference, 1966Saved by cboyack in warning preparedness yearsupply famine sloth 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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